OpenTelemetry, also known as OTel for short, is a vendor-neutral open-source Observability framework for instrumenting, generating, collecting, and exporting telemetry data such as traces, metrics, logs. As an industry-standard it is natively supported by a number of vendors.

OpenTelemetry Reference Architecture

For an in-depth guide on OpenTelemetry, including documentation and guides on language-specific instrumentation or the Collector, please follow the links in the navigation bar.

Getting Started

Get started with OpenTelemetry based on your role.


What is OpenTelemetry, what does it provide and what does it support?


OpenTelemetry code instrumentation is supported for many popular programming languages


Vendor-agnostic way to receive, process and export telemetry data.

OpenTelemetry Operator for Kubernetes

An implementation of a Kubernetes Operator, that manages collectors and auto-instrumentation of the workload using OpenTelemetry instrumentation libraries.


How to migrate to OpenTelemetry


Reference material like the OpenTelemetry Specification


Acknowledgements for sources for content on this site

Contribution guidelines

How to contribute to OpenTelemetry

OpenTelemetry Demo Documentation